Broncho Malbec, Guido Sangiovese, El Jefe Tempranillo
WASHINGTON STATE 2015
Let’s face it, we’re huge fans of rockstar winemaker Charles Smith. What’s not to like? From his bang-for-your-buck Boom-Boom Syrah to his highly acclaimed Royal City, which consistently earns 98-99 points year after year, Smith has brought a fun, inspired edginess to the state of Washington and wine fans everywhere can’t get enough. Smith’s passion and long list of 90+ point scores led to Wine Enthusiast naming him 2014 Winemaker of the Year and he continues to experiment, evolve and adapt. Working foremost with Rhone Blends, Smith’s adventurous approach to wine has led him to pursue roads less traveled – and lucky for us that he has. Today’s varieties - Malbec, Sangiovese and Tempranillo - are an exciting trio coming from Smith’s K Vintners that are, like its maker, bold and flamboyant and are distinctly Washington, regularly garnering rave reviews. We were fortunate to secure an allocation prior to the release of the 2015 Broncho Malbec, Guido Sangiovese and El Jefe Tempranillo, giving you first crack at these unique single varieties that can be enjoyed for decades to come.
K Vintners, located in Walla Walla Valley, was Smith’s first winery, initiated with his 1999 release of K Syrah. After a heavy focus on Rhone Blends, Smith has ventured into producing small batches of atypical varieties from single vineyards, including Malbec and Tempranillo from the Stoneridge Vineyard in Columbia Valley, the source for his flagship Royal City Syrah, and Sangiovese from Walla Walla’s Jack’s Vineyard. With such small lots of hand-picked grapes fermented with naturally occurring yeasts, the wines are wonderful expressions of terroir and the 2015s are “stunning across the board” (Jeb Dunnuck).
The Broncho Malbec is dark and inky in color, providing rich opulent fruit complemented by ripe tannins and French oak. The El Jefe Tempranillo is full-bodied with plenty of concentration, yet elegant and rounded out with approachable tannins. The Guido Sangiovese is strikingly different from its Stoneridge cousins, elegant in style with beautiful Pinot-like color and flavors of cherry and herb accompanied by silky tannins. All three are beautiful expressions of each variety through the lens of Washington State terroir that can be enjoyed now but will age for many years. I can’t think of many other wines that deliver such outstanding quality at this price point and although there have been no official reviews, these will surely score well based on their pedigree alone. With limited quantities, we are offering these three amazing wines in 3 and 6-pack samplers at the best price prior to release, so we would encourage you to take advantage!
*Offer is NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with the wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in July/August 2018. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in NY, TN and WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.